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Maurice Hall is a young man who grows up confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society. Modest and generally conformist, he nevertheless finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, whom he encounters at Cambridge, and through Alec, the gamekeeper on Clive's country estate, Maurice gradually experiences a profound emotional ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 28th 2005 by Penguin (first published 1971)
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Emily Carlin This isn't really about Forster as a person, but it may be of interest anyway -- it is an essay by author Zadie Smith on Forster's style as a writer +…moreThis isn't really about Forster as a person, but it may be of interest anyway -- it is an essay by author Zadie Smith on Forster's style as a writer + the reality of being a human: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003...

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Rhianna I read this book at around 14 or 15, and although there's some references to sex they are very moderate and not graphic or detailed in the slightest.…moreI read this book at around 14 or 15, and although there's some references to sex they are very moderate and not graphic or detailed in the slightest. I would say that this novel is appropriate for teenagers and above, as it's a brilliant portrait of love and the difficult journey to sexual identity, and this is what is significant about the novel, not the obscure and rare references to sex. (less)

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Glenn Sumi
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 1900-1960


E.M. Forster ( Howards End , A Room With A View ) finished this gay-themed novel in 1914, and though he showed it to some close friends, he didn't publish it in his lifetime. It eventually came out after his death, in the early 1970s.

What a gift to have a novel about same sex love written a century ago by one of the premier 20th century British authors!

When Forster penned Maurice, homosexuality was so taboo that there was no name for it. For a man to be with another man was a criminal offense.
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Jasmine
"Begun 1913
Finished 1914
Dedicated to a Happier Year”


Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) wrote Maurice (*) as a relatively young man, aged 34, at a time when old Europe was starting to fall apart. However, it was not published until 1971, a year after his death. Maurice is probably the first literary work of fiction to deal with male homosexuality in such an open, sincere fashion. At the time it was written, men in the UK could still be imprisoned for ‘acts of gross indecency’, as in the Oscar Wild
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Mike Puma
I took the damned "Spoiler Alert" alert out--I think it keeps people from reading the actual review. That said, some of the following comments might be considered Spoiler, but I prefer to think of these comments as what Forster could have done better, should have done better, and any image of Hugh Grant spread-eagled on a table deserves to be noticed, IMHO.

At first, I thought rereading Forster’s gay novel for a group discussion would be fun. I liked it first time around and expected to like it a

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Katie Lumsden
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Possibly my new favourite book of the year so far. I absolutely loved this one - beautiful, moving, such a powerful read.
Mark
Perfect! There is probably nothing I can write that hasn't been written before about this work from one of our great English authors. It has no doubt been criticised, scrutinised, analysed, investigated, praised and acclaimed, I will just write about how the book made me feel.

The style of English was so refreshing to read. A style and mastery that has been long since forgotten. It has a beauty to it that flows and melts coming from an era where conversation really was an art. Where every word w
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Puck
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
If Dorian Gray is the dramatic, scandal-creating gay classic, than Maurice is the snobbish yet emotionally moving gay classic. Written in 1913-14 but only published sixty years later, this is a book that is impressive - not because of its romance - but because of the character's personal journey towards self acceptance.

Began 1913, finished 1914. Dedicated to a happier year. With this heartbreaking opening statement, the story begins. We get to follow Maurice Hall as he grows up and starts to r
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R * A Reader Obsessed *
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, audio
4 Stars

I’m not well versed in historic stories of the British upper class, but I’m happy to say that despite the fear, despite having to hide, Maurice finds love, grabs on, and refuses to let go.

Though published posthumously, all the stars for having been written at all in a time of blatant unacceptance.
Mel Bossa
Sublime.
Oh my God, I won't forget this book. Maurice and Alec forever.
Off I go to read more E.M. Forster, though I know this was his only homosexual themed book in his esteemed career and the book was published after his death, as he'd requested to his friends, knowing the storm it would create in proper English Society.
It's a great work. I am humbled before it as a writer.
By the way, the author's terminal note of 1960, on homosexuality, was so brutally true and broke my heart.
Yes, Maurice may
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Lin
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love romance stories
Shelves: owned, lgbt
One of my favourite novels, and incidentally the one I wrote my MA thesis on. Maurice is, for all intents and purposes, a dime-a-dozen love story and a period piece. The only twist is that this love story concerns two men, which was unheard of in the time that it was written (1913). Forster wrote it mainly as a therapeutical effort, having grown tired of not being able to write about the kind of love that interested him the most, as a homosexual male. Published 60 years after it was written, Mau ...more
David
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
Vladimir Nabokov wrote in Pnin:
Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam. The avalanche stopping in its tracks a few feet above the cowering village behaves not only unnaturally but unethically.
This is true for me as well. While of course I was cheering for the titular hero through the course of his internal and external struggle for identity, I can't help but feel, after finishing the book "well, that was very nice, but life is no
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Will
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I really did like Maurice, (though maybe not quite 4* because of the ending); I liked the deft, airy and generous tone Forster has towards his characters, even when they’re behaving badly. But it’s a great shame the book wasn’t published any time before about 1950, when a story about homosexual love that didn’t end badly would still have been revolutionary. By the seventies, when it was, it had become unremarkable; more of an Edwardian period piece, though you still have to love the language.

Mau
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Maurice is a novel that isn't perfect, but that is beautiful in its imperfection. A bit of an unpolished diamond, I might add, like some other classics I remember fondly despite their minor flaws. I admit it's been a while since I read this novel, and I never really found the time to reread it, which is a shame, but I do have an old review of mine at hand, and I will use it to remind myself. Recently I have read Dandy, a contemporary novel with a similar theme of homosexual love set in past time ...more
Jessica
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the gays, the classicists, admirers of the gays and classicists
A beloved college professor used this novel as his starting point for a glorious Humanities lecture on "The Unspeakable Vice of the Greeks." Except for the time I fell down the stairs of the lecture hall and dislocated my shoulder, that's pretty much the only morning I remember from my freshman year.

I love Forster's attitude toward his characters, which is similar to one a social worker might have towards his clients: he doesn't romanticize them and sees all of their faults, even emphasizing imp
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Rebecca McNutt
This book was vivid, historical and an unforgettable story of a boy trying to find his place in a rapidly changing world.
Vitor Martins
Existem livros que são geniais dentro do seu contexto histórico. Histórias que a gente pensa "Nossa, esse autor escreveu ISSO AQUI há mais de 100 anos atrás, QUE GÊNIO!!!!".

Maurice é um livro que, independente disso, já seria brilhante. Mas quando a gente coloca em evidência uma história escrita em 1913 falando de maneira tão clara e aberta sobre relações entre homens, homofobia estrutural e CURA GAY, é impossível não terminar essa leitura com vontade de GRITAR.

A AUDÁCIA de E.M. Foster de escre
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Greg
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book, I kept thinking, "I've read this before...when?" but a quarter of the way through this novel I realized I was thinking about Forster's "A Room With A View", a book I read years ago and liked very much. The two books are almost mirror images of each other and have many similarities.
1-Both books mostly take place in the early 1900s in England. (And, they may very well have been written at about the same time. "Room" was published in 1908 while "Maurice" was
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Hugo
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Em 1913, numa das suas visitas ao também escritor Edward Carpenter e ao seu companheiro George Merrill no Derbyshire, E. M. Forster foi surpreendido pelo simples toque de Merrill nas suas costas, pouco acima das nádegas. Escreveria mais tarde no seu diário que foi este o gesto que despertou nele a inspiração para escrever Maurice. Forster recusou sempre publicar este romance, apesar das súplicas de amigos como Christopher Isherwood, a quem confiou o manuscrito. Quase 60 anos depois da história s ...more
Helle
Oh, the mellifluous, soothing voice of Forster! I don’t know what it is, but something just kicks into place in my innermost recesses when I read his best novels. Stephen King has said that it’s the writers we read when we are young who impact us the most, perhaps in ways we don’t always realize. That may be why it’s more than just a reading experience to me when I read Forster; I feel that I meet not only my younger self but my true self when I read him.

Maurice is the novel Forster wrote some
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rameau
You know that moment you and start a book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t. Maybe you’ve had trouble finding a copy of it or maybe all the hype around it has turned you off or maybe you’re not quite sure you’ll like the book simply because of who wrote it and when and why. And then you fall head over heels in love.

Yeah. That.

Whenever I read a classic, I prepare myself for the inevitable disappointment. In my experience, too many of the great works of literature only represent some form o
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Lena♥Ribka


2,5 stars.

Written in 1913 Maurice could have made a history if the author had had the courage to publish it at that time. A story of a homosexual upper middle class Britain set in the early 20th Century! (view spoiler) With his idea and the main message - the acceptance of a human nature - E.M.Forster was for sure ahead of the times.



Unfortunately 100 years later it didn't exert the greatest impression on me. Along with the main characters that I didn't f
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Kenchiin
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“After all, is not a real Hell better than a manufactured Heaven?”

Chari
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Maravilloso..
Christy B
I wouldn't call this a review post, mainly because I doubt I'd be able to write a suitable one. However, I couldn't just let it pass without writing something about the book that will most likely end up being one of my all time favorites.

Written in the 1910s, but not released until 1971, after the author's death, Maurice is an Edwardian story about love, class, and finding oneself. The title character is a young man who comes to understand that he is homosexual. We see him through two relationsh
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graycastle
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not a secret that this is one of my favourite novels of all time. My reason for loving it so much is this: it blends together questions of sexuality, nationality, imperialism, masculinity, and class into this amazing matrix that questions every single one of those categories. At the end, the retreat into the English greenwood shows two homosexual men attacking/questioning England from a space outside England that is also, paradoxically, the heart of England...really, the thing I love best a ...more
Alona
It's difficult for me to review this book.
I loved the story and I loved Maurice courage, and I most defiantly loved Scudder.
I can't not say, that, like my BR buddy, Lena, I would have enjoyed it without the visual help of the wonderful movie.
The book was written 100 years ago! The pace and language, was very difficult to keep my interest for too long, I needed breaks!

I'd give the book 3 stars, but I'm adding another one for the author's courage of writing a book on the subject of homosexuality i
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Luís C.
Lisbon Book-Fair 2018
Azumi
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha parecido un libro extraordinario, de esos que no se olvidan y que merece con el tiempo una o varias reelecturas.
Wilsonn
What a quite beautiful, succinct, and fairly brilliant book this is; well worth reading.

I only wonder if it mightn't have been better with a bit more Scudder. The other characters are interesting in their ways, but Scudder shines through; and, being the ultimate fulcrum of the story, imagine if Forster had given him the full range of development given certain characters in 'Howards End', for instance. As it is, we have an understanding with Scudder, have a picture of him, his terms, his personho
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Saman
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'm an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort."



Maurice is a tale of a gay young man whose unrequited love opened his heart and mind to his own sexual identity. Through his intimate relationship with Clive Durham, in times when homosexuality was considered a crime (it still is a criminal offence in several countries), he struggles to accept himself as he is and explains how he feels and in an attempt to stay true to himself goes against the society and its rules of class, wealth and politics.

“It co
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☙ percy ❧
"Begun 1913
Finished 1914
Dedicated to a Happier Year"


excuse me how dare you kill me

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Edward Morgan Forster, generally published as E.M. Forster, was an novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. His humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect".

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